Andreessen Horowitz

Marketplace startups can simplify otherwise complex, disorganized ecosystems like transportation, hotels, groceries and others, and create wonderful businesses along the way. We have had a long history of making investments in strong marketplaces that connect buyers and sellers.

Zuora Announces the Launch of Zuora.org


It can democratize access to industries like transportation […]. We believe that the Subscription Economy has the power to benefit everyone. The post Zuora Announces the Launch of Zuora.org appeared first on Zuora. ZEOLife Zuora News

Applied Intuition

Andreessen Horowitz

We at a16z — and I personally — are excited to partner with Qasar Younis, Peter Ludwig, and the Applied Intuition team to build the first and most advanced software supplier to the global auto and transportation industry. Applied Intuition’s … autonomous cars & drones announcements

Lesa Mitchell joins The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars to help startups disrupt legacy enterprises


Many industries that aren’t top of mind for most of us but serve our most basic everyday needs – from industrial production, transportation infrastructure and environmental services and safety – all are facing technological disruption and innovation.

What is the best marketing automation software?


Do you need to transport 3 kids in your vehicle? Best value for who exactly? What are your use cases? What is your budget? Tell me this: what is the best value vehicle? That question can’t be answered without a lot more information. Do you need to move 2 tons of dirt with your vehicle? […]. The post What is the best marketing automation software? appeared first on Net-Results Marketing Automation. Quora Answers

The sales ops tech stack (Part 1)


There’s a concept in transportation logistics called the “spoke-hub distribution paradigm” which routes are organized as a series of “spokes” that connect outlying points to a central “hub.” Why am I talking about transportation and horrible Boston city planning?

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The sales ops tech stack


There’s a concept in transportation logistics called the “spoke-hub distribution paradigm” which routes are organized as a series of “spokes” that connect outlying points to a central “hub.” Why am I talking about transportation and horrible Boston city planning?

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Subscription60: Tuesday, February 26th


SoftBank Funds Logistics We read through TechCrunch's transportation weekly and sniffed out this tidbit: SoftBank led a $1 billion dollar funding initiative in Flexport , a full-service air and freight forwarder. Good morning subscription world. Abby here on February 26th, National Spay Day.

The sales ops tech stack


There’s a concept in transportation logistics called the “spoke-hub distribution paradigm” which routes are organized as a series of “spokes” that connect outlying points to a central “hub.” Why am I talking about transportation and horrible Boston city planning?

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To Win in the New Delivery Economy Go to the Cloud – A Guest Commentary in E-Commerce Times

Think Strategies

This means revamping their transportation and logistics systems to meet their customers’ escalating delivery expectations. All you have to do to recognize the changing face of the consumer retail market is pay attention to the growing number of packages piling up on your neighbor’s front step. The explosive growth of the home delivery business also has been influencing the industrial, business-to-business world.

29 Latin American SaaS Superstars


Neoway is targeted to serve a diverse range of industries, including transportation, consumer goods, construction, oil and gas, health and pharmaceuticals, technology, telecoms, banks, and insurance companies and brokers, among others.

The Fastest Growing Areas of Startup Investment in 2015

Tom Tunguz

In addition, founders have raised capital to transform many of the fundamental industries: transportation, hospitality, lending, health insurance, and banking. Others, like transportation and hospitality, fueled by Uber and AirBnB fundraising efforts, command more than 6% of the billions invested in the last 12 months. Earlier this week, we examined the trends in the major categories of startup investment including eCommerce, Software, Social Networking and Education.

I hate MVPs. So do your customers. Make it SLC instead.

A Smart Bear

Although not called SLC, there’s a popular meme in product circles that neatly encapsulates the idea of SLC in a diagram: The Modes of Transportation example from the Spotify product team: A skateboard is a SLC product.

38 Bright Asian SaaS Stars


TradeGecko integrates sales channels, transportation providers and accounting into one so that businesses can stay on top of their game. Companies can easily compare transportation rates and make bookings. When we announced a few weeks ago that we would be bringing our leading SaaS conference to Asia, and running it in Hong Kong, many locals thanked us for choosing the city.

The new age of travel: buyer, leaser, or subscriber?


Today, we’re eyeing the land dwellers, with two spotlights on the future of vehicular transport. In some North American cities, users can check scooter, bike, car rental, and public transport options on Lyft’s home screen, and it plans to roll out cost and travel time comparisons between transportation modes in the coming weeks. Today, we talk travel. It's no plane or train, but instead a subscription automobile (called Canoo)—we'll tell you all about it.

The Critical Building Blocks of an Enterprise Sales Engine


Here are the competencies that you need in the enterprise AE profile that are not necessarily required in dealing with smaller organizations: The ESP is the person who shows Boeing how they can win $152M more business, at a 3% higher margin through using new supply chain automation technology to reduce transportation costs.

How to build mobile apps that hackers will find difficult to breach


Mobile App Security Tip 3: https Is No Longer A Nice-To-Have All your apps communications must be over secure, encrypted transport protocols, like HTTPS.

How Your Startup's Sector Affects Your Ability to Raise a Series A

Tom Tunguz

Search, transportation, finance and analytics startups have the best rates of Series A financing. Uber’s succcess has spawned a handful of similar businesses, driving the transportation category. The average seed stage startup has a 20% chance of raising a Series A according to Crunchbase data for IT startups who raised seed and Series A rounds between 2006 and 2013. But this figure varies significantly sector by sector.

Incremental Innovation is Just As Powerful as Disruption

Tom Tunguz

The genuine progress in IT from the 1970s up to the 2000s masked the relative stagnation of energy, transportation, space, materials, agriculture and medicine. Significant innovation is occurring in fields like healthcare, transportation and agriculture. Transportation. Peter Thiel and Gary Kasparov wrote in the Financial Times about “Our dangerous illusion of tech progress”.

18 investors fueling Latin America’s SaaS superstars


The target fields include logistics and transportation, finance, and healthcare. As we showed you in the list of SaaS companies coming out of Latin America, the region has no shortage of SaaS superstars. How did this come about, though?

A 47 Year Old Prediction Comes True

Tom Tunguz

From Google investing $100M behind Calico, a life extension research company to Khan Academy which extends high-quality education into the hands of hundreds of millions of people to Twitter which has become the mouthpiece of revolutions and countless others to SpaceX which has dramatically decreased the cost of space transport to Oxford Nanopore which sequences DNA on a chip the size of a USB drive, these products and the comprehensive designers behind them have benefitted mankind tremendously.

Subscription60: Wednesday, January 30th


Get Places on a Whim Whim, a subscription transportation service, will make its U.S. For a flat monthly fee users will be able to use ride sharing apps, public transportation, and even rent a car. How goes it, subscription world? Ben here will complete his three day subscription stint with you. Welcome back to Subscription60 - the one and only space for your sixty second recurring revenue news and resource roundup. It’s January 30th. Let’s jump into it.

Does your cloud application have this 7-pronged defensive line against hackers?


Application security is seldom considered during the ideation phase of web application development - unless the development team has previously been hacked and survived to tell the tale. But it's also true that it's never too late to secure your cloud-based web app.

Who are Asia’s SaaS VCs?


Its investment focus areas include media and tech, telecommunications, financial services, transport, life sciences and more.

How Did Lyft Curate a “Nice Guy” Image? Is It Accurate?

The Marketing & Growth Hacking Publication

The controversies included everything from harming the business of public transportation to sexism and racism exhibited by the company’s staff and higher-ups.

Security Update on TLS 1.0 and 1.1 Deprecation


Thus in December, 2015, we first communicated our plans to deprecate Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 We’re determined to help drive better commerce with less risk. One component of doing this is obsessively adhering to the industry’s PCI Security Standards Council.

How Many Funnels Does Your Startup's Product Have?

Tom Tunguz

The second is booking transportation from opening the application to rating a driver’s performance. At its essence, a product is a combination of different funnels bringing the user from one state to another. How many funnels does your startup’s product have? How many are you measuring? How many are you optimizing? Uber’s consumer experience has two funnels. The first is user on boarding: registering a user and collecting their payment information.

The Biggest Challenges of Scaling Your B2B SaaS Firm in Europe

OpenView Labs

It also has great transportation networks around Europe, entrepreneurial individuals and a favorable tax system, making it a magnet for US and European B2B SaaS companies. Europe is a major target for B2B SaaS firms seeking to scale their businesses internationally.

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VC consumer investment trends by sector and stage

Tom Tunguz

Consumer services investments have boomed because of the growth of smartphones enabling innovation in transportation and the rise of socially enabled services built on Facebook and Twitter’s distribution mechanisms.

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Let’s Take the Cult out of Silicon Valley Culture


The company provideth all: free transportation, interesting work, fun recreation, great food, social events, perhaps (indirectly) even a significant other. I am big believer in strong corporate cultures. Culture can be used to set powerful norms.

"Old" tactics can still work for SaaS marketing

Practical Advice on SaaS marketing

School bus fleet managers in North Carolina regularly attend events hosted by the "North Carolina Pupil Transportation Association." Lots of things about software-as-a-service (SaaS) are new: the business model, the delivery model, the development model.

Have you met Freddy?


I would assume they're making the switch because they weren't seeing the volume of sign-ups, and ultimately loyal Lyft customers as opposed to other modes of transport that they wanted to based on both ends of the spectrum not working.". Today on Recur Now, we talk a new benefit for Amazon Prime members: free grocery delivery. We also see Freshworks wade into the artificial intelligence market, and Lyft dramatically reprices its subscription service. Your top subscription news.

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The New Market Places

Tom Tunguz

Transportation Yellow Pages Hailo Uber. One of the most important trends in the Internet at the moment is unbundling. Entrepreneurs are picking apart Craigslist and eBay, vertical by vertical. At the same time, other entrepreneurs have replicated the core functions and features of Facebook and LinkedIn , creating hugely valuable companies. But simply calling this trend unbundling doesn’t do the movement justice, particularly in the transactional web. The trend is more fundamental.

The Tech Press Cycle and Unicorns

Tom Tunguz

We can argue about the degree of financial gain for each one, but because unicorns are broadly distributed across consumer and enterprise sectors, and within subsectors like transportation, security, sales software, it’s irrational to argue that all of them will fail. Just 25 months ago, Aileen Lee coined the term unicorn in her post Welcome to the Unicorn Club and last week the Economist declared these Unicorns “ Gored.”

To Sell is Human

Tom Tunguz

Today, the Otis company’s products transport 7B people every three days. Daniel Pink, former speechwriter for Al Gore, has written an unconventional book on sales called To Sell is Human. In this well researched book, Pink observes a few surprising evolutions in society and their impact on sales. The hard sell is dead. Enabled by the internet, prospective buyers know more about a product than a salesperson. This is true for cars as much as enterprise software.

Uber Isn’t Selling Rides, It’s Selling a Challenge to Our Belief System

OpenView Labs

After all, if one decided to use Lyft or Uber for most transportation needs and forego buying a car, then one would arguably save money. A few years ago, that great business thinker George Carlin shared one of his trenchant insights.

Build your customer relationships around consistency and trust

Inside Intercom

Just over 200 years ago the first steam-powered train entered service on The Middleton Railway in northern England and began transporting coal between Middleton and Leeds. The Industrial Revolution’s innovations in transport allowed businesses to operate at a scale which just wasn’t feasible before. It feels like we’re entering a golden age in relationships between customers and businesses. But really we’re just coming full circle.